By Daniel Hunter

Britain’s most exciting fast-growth businesses have been invited to join the ACCELERATE 250, a new group of business leaders that’s being championed by Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy.

The ACCELERATE 250 represents the core of Britain’s “vital six per-cent”, the businesses that are expanding exponentially and creating more than half of all new UK jobs. The group will meet for the first time at ACCELERATE 2013, Britain’s flagship festival for high-potential businesses, in Liverpool on 27th June.

As part of their support for ACCELERATE 2013, business experts GrowthAccelerator were invited to nominate some of the best companies to join the coalition, selecting some of the best firms from across the UK.

Members nominated by GrowthAccelerator include environmental print company Seacourt; foreign exchange specialists Smart Currency, and engineering firm Viper Subsea.

The group’s first meeting will be in Liverpool at ACCELERATE 2013, where they will be addressed by business leaders as part of an exclusive session. A full-day event featuring world-class speakers, ACCELERATE 2013 will see more than 1,000 delegates descend on Liverpool for a festival like no other.

From Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and lastminute.com’s Martha Lane Fox to the European Commission’s economic advisor Philippe Legrain and former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, ACCELERATE 2013 presents the world’s brightest business minds, economists and inspirational speakers for a “one-day MBA”.

With speeches and panel discussions, as well as tips and valuable insight, ACCELERATE 2013 will help Britain’s entrepreneurs catapult their businesses to the next level.

The ACCELERATE 250 come from across the UK, representing industries ranging from food to fashion, pharmaceuticals to finance, and retail to recruitment. The group will be working closely with one another to address the key issues and shared challenges that face all growing businesses, meeting for a series of interactive discussions and debates.

Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, said: "These are the businesses that are transforming communities and countries all over the world with their ambition and performance — and it is imperative that we lend them the continued inspiration and support they need.

"We built Wikipedia on the principles of collaboration and the free exchange of knowledge. ACCELERATE 2013 embodies the best of this collaboration — and the transformative power of the knowledge it can bring. I am thrilled to be a part of it and I can't wait to meet the stock of talented businesses that will be there."

Charles Purdy, co-founder of Smart Currency and ACCELERATE 250 member, said: “To be nominated by GrowthAccelerator to form part of ACCELERATE 250 was both an honour and a humbling experience.

“We have worked very hard to grow the business with customer service very much to the fore and to see this recognised in such a way gives a great fillip to all involved.”

Neil Douglas, co-founder of Viper Subsea and ACCELERATE 250 member, said: “It is a tremendous honour to be selected for this new and important event that will seek to inspire others.

“We want to share the lessons we have learned in building our business, which is over 90 per cent export, and encourage other companies to innovate and grow.

“It’s in all our interests to see UK based companies perform well on the global stage. Ultimately, Viper Subsea’s success boils down to the commitment of our team, and the invitation to become part of ACCELERATE 2013 is a result of everyone’s effort within the company.”

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